Martin Short

Martin Hayter Short CM (born March 26, 1950)[1] is a Canadian comedian, actor, singer and writer.[2] He is known for his work on the television programs SCTV and Saturday Night Live. He has starred in comedy films, such as Three Amigos (1986), Innerspace (1987), Three Fugitives (1989), Father of the Bride (1991), Pure Luck (1991), Captain Ron (1992), Father of the Bride Part II (1995), Mars Attacks! (1996), and Jungle 2 Jungle (1997), the "Santa Clause 3" (2006), and created the characters, Jiminy Glick and Ed Grimley. In 1999, he won a Tony Award for his lead performance in a Broadway revival of Little Me.

Martin Short
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Martin Short at PaleyFest 2014 (cropped)
Short in September 2014
Birth nameMartin Hayter Short
BornMarch 26, 1950 (age 68)
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
MediumStand-up, film, television, theatre
NationalityCanadian US
Alma materMcMaster University
Years active1972–present
GenresImprovisational comedy, surreal humour, musical comedy, physical comedy, sketch comedy, character comedy, satire
Subject(s)Canadian culture, American culture, current events, pop culture, human sexuality
Spouse
Nancy Dolman
(m. 1980; her death 2010)
Children3

Early life

Short was born in Hamilton, Ontario, the youngest of five children of Olive Grace (née Hayter; 1913–1968), a concertmistress of the Hamilton Symphony Orchestra,[3] and Charles Patrick Short (1909–1970), a corporate executive with Stelco, a Canadian steel company. He and his siblings were raised as Catholics.[4] He had three older brothers, David (now deceased), Michael, and Brian, and one older sister, Nora.[5][6] Short's father was an Irish Catholic emigrant from Crossmaglen, South Armagh, who came to North America as a stowaway during the Irish War of Independence.[7][8] Short's mother was of English and Irish descent. She encouraged his early creative endeavours.[4] His eldest brother, David, was killed in a car accident in Montréal, Québec, in 1962 when Short was 12. His mother died of cancer in 1968, his father two years later of complications from a stroke.[9]

Short attended Westdale Secondary School and graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work in 1971.[10]

Career

Early career

When Short graduated from McMaster University, he intended to pursue a career in social work; however, he became interested in acting once he was cast in a Toronto production of Godspell that same year.[2] Among other members of that production's cast were Victor Garber, Gilda Radner, Eugene Levy, Dave Thomas, and Andrea Martin; Paul Shaffer was the musical director.[11] He was subsequently cast in several television shows and plays, including the drama Fortune and Men's Eyes (1972).[11] He worked solely in Canada through 1979. In 1979, Short starred in the US sitcom The Associates about a group of young novice lawyers working at a Wall Street law firm.[12] In 1980, he joined the cast of I'm a Big Girl Now, a sitcom starring Diana Canova and Danny Thomas.[13] Canova was offered the sitcom because of her success playing Corinne Tate Flotsky on ABC's Soap and left Soap shortly before Short's newlywed wife Nancy Dolman joined it.[14]

SCTV

Short was encouraged to pursue comedy by McMaster classmates Eugene Levy and Dave Thomas, whom he joined in the improvisation group The Second City in Toronto, Ontario[15] in 1977.[2] He came to public notice when the group produced a show for television, Second City Television or SCTV, which ran for several years in Canada, then the United States. Short appeared on SCTV in 1982–83.[2] At SCTV, Short developed several characters before moving on to Saturday Night Live for the 1984–85 season:

Saturday Night Live

Short joined Saturday Night Live for the 1984–85 season.[16] He helped revive the show with his many characters for season ten (the last one produced by Dick Ebersol). "Short's appearance on SNL helped to revive the show's fanbase, which had flagged after the departure of Eddie Murphy, and in turn, would launch his successful career in films and television."[13] His SNL characters included numerous holdovers from his SCTV days. He also did impressions of such celebrities as Jerry Lewis and Katharine Hepburn.[16]

Television

In addition to his work on SCTV and SNL, Short has starred in several television specials and series of his own. In 1985, Short starred in the one-hour Showtime special, Martin Short: Concert for the North Americas.[17] This was Short's first live concert, interspersed with studio sketches and a wraparound featuring Jackie Rogers Jr. Co-produced by the CBC, this aired as The Martin Short Comedy Special in Canada in March 1986. In 1989, Short headlined another one-hour comedy special, this time for HBO, I, Martin Short, Goes Hollywood, Short's classic send-up of all things Hollywood. It featured many of his characters including Ed Grimley and Jackie Rogers Jr.[18]

Short has had three television shows called The Martin Short Show, including a sitcom, The Martin Short Show, 1994; a sketch comedy show, The Show Formerly Known as the Martin Short Show, 1995; and a syndicated talk show The Martin Short Show, which ran from 1999 to 2000.[19]

Short starred as Jiminy Glick on Comedy Central's Primetime Glick (2001–2003). He interviewed performers and celebrities as the character Jiminy Glick.[20] The New York Times in 2002 referred to the character as "the most unpredictable and hilariously uninhibited comic creation to hit TV since Bart Simpson was in diapers."[21]

In addition to his own series, Short has guest starred on several shows including Arrested Development (episode titled "Ready, Aim, Marry Me", 2005), Muppets Tonight (1996),[22] Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Weeds. He joined the FX drama Damages as lawyer Leonard Winstone in 2010.[23]

Short voiced the Cat in the Hat in the animated TV series The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!, which aired in the US, Canada, and the UK from 2010 to 2013.[24] He later voiced the character in a number of related TV specials in 2014 and 2016.

He shot a new comedy special for television in Toronto in September 2011. The special, I, Martin Short, Goes Home follows Martin's return to his native Hamilton, Ontario[25] and has a cast that includes Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Joe Flaherty, and Fred Willard. The special aired on CBC Television on April 3, 2012, and garnered Short a nomination for Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Program or Series at the 1st Canadian Screen Awards.[26] In 2011, Short joined the cast of How I Met Your Mother for its seventh season, playing Marshall Eriksen's manic boss[27] and was a judge on the first and only season of Canada's Got Talent (2012).[28]

He, along with Steve Martin and Chevy Chase appeared on an episode of Saturday Night Live as part of the "Five-Timers Club", on March 9, 2013, which included those actors who had hosted the show five or more times. However, Short appeared as a waiter, as he had only hosted twice.[29][30]

From 2014 to 2015, he starred in the Fox sitcom, Mulaney, as Lou Cannon, the boss and the game show host of the title character John Mulaney.[31]

On May 31, 2016, Martin Short debuted a new variety show on NBC, Maya & Marty. In the initial show, Martin revived his Jiminy Glick character, his costar Maya Rudolph spoofed an American cooking show and in a skit poking fun at American politics, Miley Cyrus sang "I'm the Man" followed by a duet with Rudolph of "I'm a W-O-M-A-N." The show finished with a performance by the Shuffle Along dance troupe.

Film

After doing sketch comedy for several years, Short starred in Three Amigos, Innerspace, The Big Picture, Captain Ron, Clifford, Three Fugitives (1989), directed by Francis Veber, with Nick Nolte and James Earl Jones, the 1991 remake of Father of the Bride and its sequel, and in Pure Luck (1991), directed by Nadia Tass, with Danny Glover and Sheila Kelley.[32]

Martin Short crop
Hosting Broadway on Broadway, 2006

In 1996, he appeared in Tim Burton's sci-fi comedy Mars Attacks![32] as lascivious Press Secretary Jerry Ross. In 1997, he appeared as Wall Street broker Richard Kempster in Jungle 2 Jungle, with Tim Allen.[33]

In 2004, he wrote and starred in Jiminy Glick in Lalawood with Jan Hooks as his wife, Dixie Glick.[34] In 2006, he starred in another movie with Tim Allen, The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause.[35]

Short also provided the voices of several animated film characters, such as Stubbs in We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story (1993), Hubie in The Pebble and the Penguin (1995), Huy in The Prince of Egypt (1998) (alongside Steve Martin as Hotep), Ooblar in Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001), B.E.N. in Treasure Planet (2002), Thimbletack the Brownie in The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008), Stefano the sea lion in Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012),[32][36] Kurokawa in the English dub of Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises (2013),[37] and The Jester in Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2014).[38]

Short is the host of a Walt Disney World attraction, O Canada!, a Circle-Vision 360° film at Walt Disney World's Epcot theme park.[39] He also hosted the now-defunct show "The Making of Me" at Epcot's Wonders of Life pavilion, a 15-minute movie about how pregnancy occurs.[40]

Stage

Short resumed work in the theatre, playing a lead role in the 1993 musical version of the Neil Simon film The Goodbye Girl, on Broadway, receiving a Tony Award nomination and an Outer Critics Circle Award.[41][42][43]

He had the lead role in the 1999 Broadway revival of the musical Little Me, for which he received a Tony Award and another Outer Critics Circle Award.[44][45][46]

In 2003, Short took to the stage once again in the critically acclaimed Los Angeles run of The Producers. Short played the role of the accountant, Leo Bloom, opposite Jason Alexander's Max Bialystock.[47][48] Although the role of Leo Bloom was originated on Broadway by Matthew Broderick, Mel Brooks first approached Short about doing the part opposite Nathan Lane.[49] On the subject, Short has stated in numerous interviews that, while he was thrilled by the opportunity, the idea of having to move his family from their Los Angeles home to New York for a year was less than ideal and ultimately proved a deal-breaker.

Short performed in his satirical one-man show, with a cast of six, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on Broadway. The show toured several cities in the spring of 2006, prior to opening on Broadway in August 2006; the show closed in January 2007. In it, he performed his classic characters Grimley, Cohen, and Glick.[50][51][52][53]

As Glick, Short brought a member of the audience (usually a celebrity) on stage and interviewed him or her. Jerry Seinfeld was the guest on opening night. The show also featured parodies of many celebrities including Celine Dion, Katharine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Tommy Tune, Joan Rivers, Britney Spears, Ellen DeGeneres, Renée Zellweger, Jodie Foster, Rachael Ray, and Short's wife, actress Nancy Dolman. The cast album was released on April 10, 2007, and is available from Ghostlight Records, an imprint of Sh-K-Boom Records.[54]

Short has continued to tour in his one-man show, which features many of his best-loved characters and sketches.[55] In addition to Fame Becomes Me, some titles that Short has used for his one-man show include Stroke Me Lady Fame, If I'd Saved, I Wouldn't Be Here, and Sunday in the Park with George Michael.[56]

Short's memoir, covering his 40-year career in show business, I Must Say: My Life As a Humble Comedy Legend, was released on November 4, 2014.[57]

Personal life

Family

Short met Canadian comic actress Nancy Dolman in 1972 during the run of Godspell. The couple married in 1980. Dolman retired from show business in 1985 to be a stay-at-home mom and raise her family. Short and Dolman adopted[58] three children: Katherine (b. 1983), Oliver (b. 1986), and Henry (b. 1989). Dolman died on August 21, 2010, from ovarian cancer.[59]

Short and his family make their home in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles. He also has a home on Lake Rosseau in Ontario.[60] He is a naturalized US citizen.[61]

Short has two stars on Canada's Walk of Fame.[62] His brother, Michael is a comedy writer and twice winner of the Emmy Award for comedy sketch writing.[63]

Extended family

Dolman's brother, screenwriter/director Bob Dolman, (who served as a part of SCTV's Emmy-winning writing team alongside Short), married their close friend and colleague Andrea Martin, also in 1980. Dolman and Short are aunt and uncle to the couple's two sons, Jack and Joe. Bob Dolman and Martin have since divorced. Short is a first cousin of Clare Short, a former member of the British Parliament and former British cabinet minister.[64]

Philanthropy

Short appeared in a 2001 episode on the Celebrity Who Wants to Be a Millionaire hosted by Regis Philbin, winning $32,000 for his charity,[65] Loyola High School.

Short has actively campaigned for the Women's Research Cancer Fund, and he accepted a "Courage Award" on behalf of his late wife at a 2011 gala by the group.[66]

Short is also a member of the Canadian charity Artists Against Racism. [67]

Criticism of Trump administration

Short has mocked U.S. President Donald Trump. In an interview for The Daily Beast, he said that Trump's presidency is not even a presidency and that it is a "typo". He equated Trump with former U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy and his McCarthyism.[68]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1979 Lost and Found Engel [32]
1986 Three Amigos Ned Nederlander
1987 Innerspace Jack Putter
1987 Cross My Heart David Morgan
1989 Three Fugitives Ned Perry
1989 The Big Picture Neil Sussman – Nick's Agent Uncredited[69]
1991 Pure Luck Eugene Proctor
1991 Father of the Bride Franck Eggelhoffer
1992 Captain Ron Martin Harvey
1993 We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story Stubbs the Clown (voice)
1994 Clifford Clifford Daniels
1995 The Pebble and the Penguin Hubie (voice)
1995 Father of the Bride Part II Franck Eggelhoffer
1996 Mars Attacks! Press Secretary Jerry Ross
1997 Jungle 2 Jungle Richard Kempster
1997 A Simple Wish Murray [70]
1998 The Prince of Egypt Huy (voice)
1998 Akbar's Adventure Tours Akbar [71]
1999 Mumford Lionel Dillard
2001 Get Over It Dr. Desmond Forrest Oates
2001 Prince Charming Rodney [72]
2001 Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius Ooblar (voice)
2002 Treasure Planet B.E.N. (voice)
2002 CinéMagique George Short film[73]
2003 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure Lars (voice) Direct-to-video
2004 Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper Preminger (voice) Direct-to-video[74]
2004 Jiminy Glick in Lalawood Jiminy Glick / David Lynch
2006 Khan Kluay Khan Kluay (voice) English dub
2006 The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause Jack Frost
2008 The Spiderwick Chronicles Thimbletack (voice)
2011 Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil Kirk (voice)
2012 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted Stefano (voice)
2012 Frankenweenie Edward Frankenstein / Mr. Bergermesiter / Nassor (voices) [75]
2013 Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return Appraiser / Jester (voices) [38]
2013 The Wind Rises Kurokawa (voice) English dub
2014 Inherent Vice Dr. Rudy Blatnoyd, D.D.S.
TBA The Willoughbys (voice) Filming

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1972 Right On Regular [76]
1972 Cucumber Smokey the Hare Episode: "Ecology ... Smokey the Hare"[77]
1975 Peep Show Episode: "Goldberg Is Waiting"[78]
1976–1977 The David Steinberg Show Johnny Del Bravo 10 episodes[79]
1978 For the Record Weepy Episode: "Cementhead"[80]
1979 The Family Man Louie Television film[80]
1979–1980 The Associates Tucker Kerwin 13 episodes[81]
1980 The Love Boat Melvin Episode: "No Girls for Doc/Marriage of Convenience/The Caller/The Witness"[80]
1980–1981 I'm a Big Girl Now Neal Stryker 14 episodes
1981 Taxi Mitch Harris Episode: "Jim Joins the Network"[80]
1981–1984 Second City Television Various Cast member
1984–1985,
1996,
2005, 2006,
2013, 2015, 2018
Saturday Night Live Various Cast member (18 episodes)
Host or Guest appearances (5 episodes)[82][83]
1986 Tall Tales & Legends Johnny Appleseed Episode: "Johnny Appleseed"[80]
1988 The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley Ed Grimley / Emil Gustav / Moby / Sheldon / Irving Cohen / Additional voices 13 episodes
1989 Dink, The Little Dinosaur Narrator[84]
1989, 1990 The Tracey Ullman Show Doc / The Elvis Freak / Lou / Football Fan Episodes: "Needle in a Haystack" and "Dawg Day Afternoon"[85]
1990 The Dave Thomas Comedy Show Himself Episode 4
1990 The Earth Day Special Nathan Thurm Television special
1991 Maniac Mansion Eddie O'Donnell Episode: "Down & Out in Cedar Springs"[86]
1992 Favorite Songs Mozart (voice) Episode: "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star"
1994 The Martin Short Show Marty Short 8 episodes
1996 Muppets Tonight Himself Episode: "Martin Short"
1998 Merlin Frik Miniseries
1999 Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter / Chinless Idiot Television film
1999–2000 The Martin Short Show Himself (host) 63 episodes
2001–2003 Primetime Glick Jiminy Glick / Miss Gathercole / Various 30 episodes
2002 Curb Your Enthusiasm Himself Episode: "The Terrorist Attack"[87]
2005 Arrested Development Uncle Jack Episode: "Ready, Aim, Marry Me"[88]
2005 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Sebastian Ballentine / Henry Palaver Episode: "Pure"[89]
2007 Bob & Doug McKenzie's Two-Four Anniversary Himself Television special[90]
2010 Damages Leonard Winstone / Lester Wiggin 13 episodes (Season 3)
2010–2016 The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! The Cat in the Hat (voice) 65 episodes
2011 Weeds Steward Havens 3 episodes[91]
2011–2012 How I Met Your Mother Garrison Cootes 3 episodes
2012 Canada's Got Talent Himself (Judge) Season 1; 22 episodes[28]
2013, 2014 Hollywood Game Night Himself 2 episodes[92]
2014 Working the Engels Charles "Chuck" Pastry Episode: "Jenna vs. Big Pastry"[93]
2014–2015 Mulaney Louis "Lou" Cannon 13 episodes[81]
2015 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Dr. Grant (pronounced "Franff") Episode: "Kimmy Goes to the Doctor"[94]
2015 Difficult People Himself Episode: "Pledge Week"[95]
2016 Maya & Marty Himself 6 episodes
2016 Hairspray Live! Wilbur Turnblad Live musical telecast
2016 Modern Family Mervin "Merv" Schechter Episode: "Blindsided"[96]
2017 BoJack Horseman Poppy Stilton (voice) Episode: "The Judge"
2017 The Simpsons Guthrie Frenel (voice) Episode: "Springfield Splendor"
2018 The Last Man On Earth Man in SUV Episode: "Karl"
2018 Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life Himself Netflix special[97]

Comedy Specials

Year Title Role Notes
1985 Martin Short: Concert for the North Americas Various Showtime [98]
1989 I, Martin Short, Goes Hollywood Various HBO [99]
2012 I, Martin Short, Goes Home Various CBC [100]

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Creature Crunch Wesley [101]
2002 Treasure Planet B.E.N.

Theatre

Year Title Role
1993 The Goodbye Girl Elliot
1998–1999 Little Me Various
2006–2007 Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me Himself
2015 It's Only a Play James Wicker

Books

  • I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend (2014, autobiography)
Martin Short star on Walk of Fame
Short's star on Canada's Walk of Fame

Awards and honours

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70th Primetime Emmy Awards

The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards honored the best in U.S. prime time television programming from June 1, 2017 until May 31, 2018, as chosen by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The ceremony was held live on September 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Downtown Los Angeles, California, and was broadcast in the U.S. by NBC. The ceremony was hosted by Michael Che and Colin Jost.The nominations were announced by Ryan Eggold and Samira Wiley on July 12, 2018. The biggest winner was Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel that won five awards, including best comedy series. The top three in wins Netflix, HBO and Amazon are all not broadcast networks.With a U.S. viewership of 10.2 million that reflects an 11% drop from the previous year, it was the least-watched show in the Emmy Award's history. The other major televised awards in 2018 saw a larger decline in viewers, since most viewers prefer to watch clips rather than a three-hour telecast with commercials.

Cross My Heart (1987 film)

Cross My Heart is an American romantic comedy that was released in the United States on November 13, 1987. It stars Annette O'Toole and Martin Short.

Ed Grimley

Edward Mayhoff 'Ed' Grimley is a fictional character created and portrayed by Martin Short. Developed amongst The Second City improv comedy troupe, Grimley made his television debut on the sketch comedy show SCTV in 1982, leading to popular success for both Short and the persona. Short continued to portray Grimley on Saturday Night Live and in various other appearances. The character also starred in the 1988 animated series The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley, as well as appearing in Short's 2012 comedy special I, Martin Short, Goes Home.

Eugene Levy

Eugene Levy, (born December 17, 1946) is a Canadian actor, comedian, producer, director, and writer. He is the only actor to have appeared in all eight of the American Pie films, in his role as Noah Levenstein. He often plays nerdy, unconventional figures, with his humour often deriving from his excessive explanations of matters and the way in which he deals with sticky situations. Levy is a regular collaborator of actor-director Christopher Guest, appearing in and co-writing four of his films, commencing with Waiting for Guffman (1997).

Levy received the Governor General's Performing Arts Award, Canada's highest honour in the performing arts, in 2008. He was appointed to the Order of Canada on June 30, 2011.

John Candy

John Franklin Candy (October 31, 1950 – March 4, 1994) was a Canadian comedian and actor known mainly for his work in Hollywood films. Candy rose to fame as a member of the Toronto branch of the Second City and its related Second City Television series, and through his appearances in such comedy films as Stripes, Splash, Cool Runnings, Summer Rental, Home Alone, The Great Outdoors, Spaceballs, and Uncle Buck, as well as more dramatic roles in Only the Lonely and JFK. One of his most renowned onscreen performances was as Del Griffith, the talkative shower-curtain ring salesman in the John Hughes comedy Planes, Trains and Automobiles.

While filming the Western parody Wagons East!, Candy died of a presumed heart attack in Durango, Mexico, on March 4, 1994, aged 43. His final two films, Wagons East! and Canadian Bacon, are dedicated to his memory.

Jungle 2 Jungle

Jungle 2 Jungle is a 1997 Franco-American comedy film directed by John Pasquin, produced by Walt Disney Pictures and TF1 Films Productions, and starring Tim Allen, Martin Short, Lolita Davidovich, David Ogden Stiers, JoBeth Williams, and Sam Huntington as Mimi-Siku. It is an American remake of the 1994 French film Un indien dans la ville (also known as Little Indian, Big City). Jungle 2 Jungle's plot follows the original film fairly closely, with the biggest difference being the change in location from Paris to New York.

Marc Shaiman

Marc Shaiman (; born October 22, 1959) is an American composer and lyricist for films, television, and theatre, best known for his collaborations with lyricist and director Scott Wittman. He wrote the music and co-wrote the lyrics for the Broadway musical version of the John Waters film Hairspray. He has won a Grammy, an Emmy and a Tony, and been nominated for five Oscars.

Mars Attacks!

Mars Attacks! is a 1996 American comic science fiction film directed by Tim Burton, who also co-produced it with Larry J. Franco. The screenplay, which was based on the cult trading card series of the same name, was written by Jonathan Gems. The film features an ensemble cast consisting of Jack Nicholson (in a dual role), Glenn Close, Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, Danny DeVito, Martin Short, Jack Black, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michael J. Fox, Rod Steiger, Pam Grier, Ray J, Tom Jones, Lukas Haas, Natalie Portman, Jim Brown, Joe Don Baker, Lisa Marie Smith, Brandon Hammond and Sylvia Sidney.

Alex Cox had tried to make a Mars Attacks film in the 1980s before Burton and Gems began development in 1993. When Gems turned in his first draft in 1994, Warner Bros. commissioned rewrites from Gems, Burton, Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski in an attempt to lower the budget to $60,000,000. The final production budget came to $80,000,000, while Warner Bros. spent another $20,000,000 on the Mars Attacks! marketing campaign. Filming took place from February to November 1996. The film was shot in California, Nevada, Kansas, Arizona and Argentina.

The filmmakers hired Industrial Light & Magic to create the Martians using computer animation after their previous plan to use stop motion animation, supervised by Barry Purves, fell through because of budget limitations. Mars Attacks! was released theatrically by Warner Bros. Pictures in the United States on December 13, 1996 and received mixed reviews from critics. The film is now considered a cult film. The film grossed approximately $101,000,000 in box office totals, which was seen as a disappointment at the time. Mars Attacks! was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation and earned multiple nominations at the Saturn Awards.

Primetime Glick

Primetime Glick is an American television series starring Martin Short as Jiminy Glick. The series aired on Comedy Central from June 20, 2001 to July 3, 2003.

Prince Charming (2001 film)

Prince Charming is a 2001 television film. It is a comical fairy tale, relating the story of a Prince who is cursed and transported to present-day New York City. The movie stars Martin Short as a wizard squire of modest talents trying to keep his prince (Sean Maguire) from harm, with Christina Applegate as a young woman skeptical of the prince's story, who nevertheless wins his love, and Bernadette Peters as an actress who inadvertently lifts a 500-year curse.

Steve Martin

Stephen Glenn Martin (born August 14, 1945) is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, and musician. Martin came to public notice in the 1960s as a writer for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, and later as a frequent guest on The Tonight Show. In the 1970s, Martin performed his offbeat, absurdist comedy routines before packed houses on national tours. Since the 1980s, having branched away from comedy, Martin has become a successful actor, as well as an author, playwright, pianist, and banjo player, eventually earning him an Emmy, Grammy, and American Comedy awards, among other honors.

In 2004, Comedy Central ranked Martin at sixth place in a list of the 100 greatest stand-up comics. He was awarded an Honorary Academy Award at the Academy's 5th Annual Governors Awards in 2013.While he has played banjo since an early age, and included music in his comedy routines from the beginning of his professional career, he has increasingly dedicated his career to music since the 2000s, acting less and spending much of his professional life playing banjo, recording, and touring with various bluegrass acts, including Earl Scruggs, with whom he won a Grammy for Best Country Instrumental Performance in 2002. He released his first solo music album, The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo, in 2009, for which he won the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album.

The Prince of Egypt

The Prince of Egypt is a 1998 American epic animated musical drama film and the first traditional animated film produced and released by DreamWorks. The film is an adaptation of the Book of Exodus and follows the life of Moses from being a prince of Egypt to his ultimate destiny to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt. Directed by Brenda Chapman, Steve Hickner, and Simon Wells, the film features songs written by Stephen Schwartz and a score composed by Hans Zimmer. The voice cast consists of Val Kilmer in a dual role, Ralph Fiennes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sandra Bullock, Jeff Goldblum, Danny Glover, Patrick Stewart, Helen Mirren, Steve Martin, and Martin Short.

Jeffrey Katzenberg had frequently suggested an animated adaptation of the 1956 film The Ten Commandments while working for The Walt Disney Company, and he decided to put the idea into production after founding DreamWorks in 1995. To make this inaugural project, DreamWorks employed artists who had worked for Walt Disney Feature Animation and the recently disbanded Amblimation, totaling a crew of 350 people from 34 different nations. The film has a blend of traditional animation and computer-generated imagery, created using software from Toon Boom Animation and Silicon Graphics.

Theatrically released on December 18, 1998, and on home video on September 14, 1999, reviews were generally positive, with critics praising the animation, music, and voice work. The film went on to gross over $218 million worldwide in theaters, which made it the most successful non-Disney animated feature at the time. The film's success led to the direct-to-video prequel Joseph: King of Dreams (2000) and the development of a stage adaptation. The song "When You Believe" became a commercially successful single in a pop version performed by Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey, and went on to win Best Original Song at the 1999 Academy Awards.

The Simpsons (season 29)

The twenty-ninth season of the animated television series The Simpsons premiered on Fox in the United States on October 1, 2017, and ended on May 20, 2018. On November 4, 2016, The Simpsons was renewed for seasons 29 and 30. This season marked the show's surpassing Gunsmoke as the longest-running scripted series in primetime television by number of episodes, with the series' 636th episode "Forgive and Regret".The season features guest appearances from Norman Lear, Martin Short, Ray Liotta and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. In addition, Bill Plympton animated a sixth couch gag in "3 Scenes Plus a Tag from a Marriage", having previously done so in season 23's "Beware My Cheating Bart", season 24's "Black Eyed, Please", season 25's "Married to the Blob", season 27's "Lisa the Veterinarian", and season 28's "22 for 30". This season also features Kelsey Grammer reprising his role as Sideshow Bob for a singing cameo and Homer seeking help from Shaquille O'Neal ("Gone Boy"), and a song written by guest star Rachel Bloom ("Springfield Splendor"). The season also includes the Simpson family traveling to New Orleans for JazzFest ("Lisa Gets the Blues"), and an episode that reimagines Stephen King's It featuring Krusty the Clown ("Fears of a Clown").On August 30, 2017, it was announced that longtime Simpsons score composer Alf Clausen was let go from the series. The series switched from a live orchestrated score to a produced score by Bleeding Fingers Music. Hans Zimmer and Russel Emanuel are score producers, with Steve Kofsky executive producing. Clausen's last episode was "Whistler's Father".

During February 2018, episodes of The Simpsons were held back to avoid competing with the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, Super Bowl LII, the 2018 Winter Olympics, and the 90th Academy Awards. This resulted in a nine-week gap in between new episodes, and is the second season to not have any new episodes airing in February, after the twenty-fifth season (which also aired in a Winter Olympics year).

The Spiderwick Chronicles (film)

The Spiderwick Chronicles is a 2008 American fantasy adventure film based on the bestselling book series of the same name by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi. It was directed by Mark Waters and stars Freddie Highmore, Sarah Bolger, Mary-Louise Parker, Martin Short, Nick Nolte, and Seth Rogen. Set in the Spiderwick Estate in New England, it follows the adventures of Jared Grace and his family as they discover a field guide to fairies while battling goblins, mole trolls, and other magical creatures.

Produced by Nickelodeon Movies and distributed by Paramount Pictures, it was released on February 14, 2008, earning $162.8 million against its $90 million budget. The Spiderwick Chronicles received generally favorable reviews from critics, with Highmore's dual performance being singled out for praise. The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray on June 24, 2008, in the United States.

Three Amigos

Three Amigos is a 1986 American western comedy film directed by John Landis and written by Lorne Michaels, Steve Martin, and Randy Newman. Martin, Chevy Chase, and Martin Short star as the title characters, three silent film stars who are mistaken for real heroes by the suffering people of a small Mexican village and must find a way to live up to their reputation.

VJ (media personality)

A video jockey (abbreviated VJ or sometimes veejay) is an announcer who introduces music videos and live performances on commercial music television stations such as VH1, MTV, Channel V and Much Music.

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